The Congregation’s apostolate consists first of all in the witness of the consecrated life, which according to the foundresses’ intention is expressed by trust in the mercy of God, by prayer and penance and also by the ministry of deeds of mercy. (Constitutions, Art. 77).
On March 6, 1996, in response to the request of the General Council of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the Metropolitan of Kraków, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski, established, on the basis of Can. 312 § 1, no. 3 of the Code of Canon Law, the “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of The Divine Mercy with its seat in the Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki. Cardinal Macharski granted the Association public, ecclesiastical, and legal status. Together with this decree, he also approved of the Statutes of the Association which are to bring God’s mercy to mankind.
(The Establishing Act of the “Faustinum” Association)
The “Faustinum” Association brings together priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful who wish to join in St. Sister Faustina’s mission of proclaiming the message of The Divine Mercy to the world through the witness of life, deeds, words and prayer under the direction of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the spiritual guidance of the Society of Jesus. The “Faustinum” Association is formative in nature, which means it runs a formation programme for the Apostles of The Divine Mercy in several languages; this is done at the convents of the Congregation, through priests in parishes in Poland and elsewhere, and by sending formation-related materials to the volunteers and members of the “Faustinum” who are unable to participate in formation communities.
sr. M. Elisabeth Siepak C.O.L.M.
Translated by Orest Pawlak